April 2016

Plymouth man with more than 1,000 indecent images of children AVOIDS JAIL

A MAN caught with more than 1,000 indecent images of children has avoided going straight to prison.

Daniel Reeves, aged 33, had some of the most vile pictures seen by one experienced police officer, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

He was handed a suspended prison sentence with sex offender treatment at Plymouth Crown Court.

Judge Ian Lawrie spoke of the “monster” within him.

He added: “I could send you to prison but that does not deal with the problem.”

Reeves, of Rothesay Gardens, Crownhill, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children between 2013 and 2015.

He was twice caught with child sexual abuse images on computers and phones – the second time while on bail for the first.

Mr Lewin, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said he was caught on one occasion with 333 indecent images of Category A, the most depraved bracket. They included pictures of children as young as three.

He also had 238 Category B images and 810 Category C pictures.
Mr Lewin said that the second search revealed he had 17 indecent images of different categories.

He added that some of the images were among the worst seen by the experienced officer who had to classify them.

The court heard that the defendant was caught up in a national crackdown on internet paedophiles.

Judge Lawrie told the defendant he should reflect on the misery that viewing indecent images of children caused.

Reeves was handed a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years. He must complete an internet sex offender course and a separate probation activity.